illy Medium Roast Espresso Pods
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illy Medium Roast
Single Serve Medium Roast Espresso Pods - Box of 18 pods,
illy Medium Roast
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These boxes of illy espresso pods now contain monodose (single) pods that are individually wrapped. Pods stay fresh for up to two years, even after the box is opened. illy's medium roast is a classic Italian espresso, smooth and rich with a touch of sweetness.
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E.S.E. A Revolution in Espresso
In coffee preparation there are many variables. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the exceedingly precise preparation of espresso. "Preparation is very complex, but crucial, as it has a direct impact on perception of the brand," says Andrea Illy. With this objective in mind, illycaffè introduced and patented the E.S.E. system (Easy Serving Espresso). This process is nothing short of a revolution in espresso coffee.
The preparation and consumption of espresso at home and in the office is destined to change. The future lies in the "pod", a prepackaged single portion of roasted, ground, and pressed coffee, sealed between two layers of filter paper which can be used with a specially-modified espresso machine, guaranteeing a perfect result every time—an espresso just like those served in an Italian coffee bar or by an Italian barista.
Known as E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso), this technology was designed and patented by illycaffè more than ten years ago in order to simplify espresso preparation, and guarantee a consistent level of quality. Today the company has placed this technology at the disposal of the market, offering patent concessions free of charge to espresso machine manufacturers and coffee producers who agree to respect the industry standard, thereby ensuring the quality guaranteed by the E.S.E. trademark. To date, more than 100 roasters and machine manufacturers have joined the E.S.E. standard.
Independent controlling organizations ensure not only that the technical standards of the E.S.E. system are respected, but also that the quality of the prepared product, which must be taste-tested by a panel of experts, is consistently high. With the E.S.E. system the 4 key elements required to transform a simple coffee into a superior espresso are present: a high quality coffee blend, a perfect grind, a clean and efficient machine, and its correct use.
With the E.S.E. system, the consumption of espresso coffee is expected to grow, as consumption shifts from the coffee bar to the home and to the office. This dramatic growth has occurred in the past in the rare instances when new products were introduced on the market with an open industry standard—for example with the VHS video system, and the computer CD-ROM.
The advantage of this open standard strategy is that the consumer is able to choose from a wide variety of both coffee brands, packaged in single servings, and models of espresso machines, all at different price ranges. The E.S.E. system is also the ideal means to penetrate new international markets where Italian-style espresso coffee is still unknown. In fact, since its invention, E.S.E. has permitted illycaffè to introduce the United States and other countries to the culture of Italian-style espresso, which has now become a global phenomenon.
How Easy is it to use the E.S.E. system?
The E.S.E. system consists of a specially modified espresso machine and pre-packaged single servings of coffee, known as E.S.E. servings or pods.
The E.S.E. espresso machine has a specially shaped extraction chamber, into which the E.S.E. serving fits perfectly. Together, they produce a superior cup of espresso. In order to guarantee a consistent level of quality, specific technical parameters for such fundamental characteristics as water temperature and pressure have been developed. Each espresso machine prototype must adhere to these standards before permission to use the E.S.E. trademark is granted, and models already in production are periodically controlled to ensure that they continue to meet these requirements.
The E.S.E. serving is a pre-packaged individual portion of roasted, ground, and pressed coffee, sealed between two layers of filter paper. It is specially shaped to fit perfectly inside the extraction chamber of the E.S.E. espresso machine.
The amount of coffee, its grind, and the degree to which it is pressed have all been specifically pre-defined to ensure a perfect cup of espresso. Besides guaranteeing a consistent level of quality, the E.S.E. system is considerably cleaner than traditional methods of preparing espresso because there is no need to handle the coffee grounds—it is perfect portion control with no muss, no fuss.
With the E.S.E. system, no special skills or experience are required to prepare a cup of espresso. The user must follow four simple steps:
- Take the serving (pod) out of its package
- Place it in the espresso machine filter
- Insert and lock the filter holder
- Push the button and let water run through the pod for the necessary amount of time (25-30 seconds maximum).
The result is always a perfect cup of espresso. Patents for the main components of the E.S.E. system—the "pod" and the extraction chamber of the espresso machine—are held by illycaffè . These patents are granted free of charge to espresso machine and coffee producers who agree to comply with the established manufacturing standards. "All the different brands selling to the home market were doing so with proprietary technology, so that the consumer had no choice—he had to take the machine associated with the brand of coffee," explains Andrea Illy. "This was slowing the growth of the market as a whole. By opening our patent the result is more choice for the consumer. They can choose from a variety of machines at different price ranges and a variety of E.S.E. coffee pods."